Oct 19, 2010
In today's episode we look at true book-lovers, who have their obsession inked on their skin. Then, it's a collection of listener recommendations of spooky books for the Halloween season. Ann and I get into the spirit with two unsettling books we can't wait for you to read.
Many thanks to Chris from our Goodreads group who inspired our segment one topic when she linked to an On Point episode on a new book called The Word Made Flesh. Ann and I share what our literary tattoos would be if we were ever to get them (unlikely!), and would love to hear from all of you. Do you have one? If you're too scared of the needle (like me) or the commitment (me also), what would you want as a temporary tattoo?
Thanks to Anne from St. Louis for suggesting a Halloween themed episode and for sharing two of her favorite spooky books: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Robin from NJ wrote in to recommend The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, which Ann loved and many of you listened to on audio. Shannon from Ohio called our voicemail line to recommend The Ruins by Scott Smith (a book we've mentioned before, and one that BOTNS listeners seem to either love or hate!), Pet Sematary by Stephen King, and the Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The first book in that series is Relic. Matther, also from St. Louis wrote to tell us about Low Red Moon by Caitlin R. Kiernan. Someone with the email name Moose1022 recommended The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which is just a wonderful book and one that I loved on audio. Ann recommends The Passage by Justin Cronin as a book that has give some people nightmares, and I'm in love a beautiful new hardcover edition of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and War of the Worlds.
Despite our claims that we don't read many spooky books, Ann and I have each come up with one for this segment. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman is an ongoing comics series that has been collected into 12 trade paperbacks (or 6 hardcovers) so far. It follows a group of survivors after a zombie plague has wiped out most of humanity. It's a wonderful and brutal character study, and is being made into a TV series premiering on AMC on Halloween night. Ann recommends a new collection of re-imagined fairy tales written by some of her favorite authors, and it has one of the best titles ever: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. It's edited by Kate Bernheimer and has an introduction by Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked.